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NYT Poll: NY Splitting Along Race Lines Under de Blasio

By    |   Friday, 12 Dec 2014 01:06 PM

Mayor Bill de Blasio rose to power promising New York City residents a new era of ethnic unity, with an emphasis on healing racial and cultural divisions and improving the way in which law enforcement interacts with the public.

But in the wake of the death of Eric Garner, a black Staten Island resident, following an altercation with police, New Yorkers believe the city is moving in the wrong direction and that race relations are deeply strained, according to a new poll conducted this month by Siena College and The New York Times.

De Blasio’s overall approval rating is at 52 percent, up slightly from 49 percent in the spring.

But in some ways, the aggregate figure masks deep divisions along racial lines and uneasiness about the direction in which the city is moving under the mayor, who was inaugurated Jan. 1.

In a marked change from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg — who received comparable approval ratings from blacks and whites — 70 percent of blacks say they approve of de Blasio’s performance, but only 32 percent of whites agree. In April, 38 percent of whites and 59 percent of blacks voiced approval.

Asked about how much de Blasio cares about their problems, 41 percent of blacks replied "a lot” compared to just 17 percent of whites.

"It seems he’s more in tune with the people — and when I say 'the people,' I mean specifically black people," Ben Robinson, 56, a retired construction worker in Brooklyn, said in a follow-up interview.

Robinson, who is black, added that: "We might stand a better chance with him than with anybody else."

City residents are divided by race on the performance of the Police Department, with 67 percent of whites giving the NYPD a positive rating and 76 percent of blacks rating it negatively.

One area where blacks and whites agree is that the city is on the wrong track, where "52 percent of New Yorkers agree with that statement, the highest since 2011 and up sharply from 42 percent a year ago," The Times reported.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio rose to power promising New York City residents a new era of ethnic unity, but many New Yorkers believe the city is moving in the wrong direction and that race relations are deeply strained, according to a new poll.
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